Severna Park stung previously unbeaten, unscored-upon Old Mill with two quick third-quarter touchdowns and went on to upset the visiting and sixth-ranked Patriots, 21-13, in the Anne Arundel County 4A League opener for both last night.
The Falcons (1-2) had squandered several opportunities and trailed, 7-0, before stunning the Patriots (2-1) with two touchdowns in a two-minute span.
First, Bryan Stephens recovered a fumble by Old Mill quarterback Eric Scott at the Patriots' 21. Three plays later, guard Mark Miles recovered when Aaron Cree fumbled 1 yard forward into the end zone, and Marc Anderson kicked the tying point after.
The points were the first surrendered by Old Mill in 10 quarters, plus 8 minutes, 34 seconds this season.
The Falcons held on downs, and Eric Brown returned Mike Dobrzykowski's punt 44 yards untouched for the go-ahead score.
It was Brown's first punt return.
"I didn't know what was going on, so I just grabbed the ball and started to run," said the senior defensive back. "The whole kick-return team blocked well."
Old Mill pulled within 14-13 when Scott's 54-yard pass to Shawn Craig set up William Beverly's 1-yard touchdown plunge with 8:59 to play, but Scott's pass for the two-point conversion was broken up by John Novak.
Novak then took a quick pitch 37 yards to ignite Severna Park's five-play, 66-yard drive for the clinching score. Travis Koballa went the final 15 yards on a pitch.
"At halftime, I told the offense that it had to put points on the board vs. a team that hadn't been scored on," said Severna Park coach Andy Borland. "I asked them if they could do it -- and they said, 'Yes, sir!' "
The Falcons got top-notch defensive plays from Jason Brown, Eric Massey, Eric Hemmer and Matt Glenn, as Old Mill threatened twice in the waning minutes.
Severna Park had 236 yards total offense, including 191 on the ground.
"I knew they could run the ball. That's their game -- a power game," said Old Mill coach Pete Regala. "It was turnovers that cost us the game."
Severna Park self-destructed on its first three possessions -- losing the ball on a fumble, an interception and a partially blocked punt.
The Falcons failed to score on four tries from the Old Mill 14 after Massey knocked the ball loose from Scott and Thad Turpin recovered.